Day 88 refugee protests, Nauru
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7 WEEKS SINCE PNG SUPREME COURT RULED AUSTRALIA'S CONCENTRATION CAMP ON MANUS ISLAND ILLEGAL, AND ORDERED THE RELEASE OF THE MEN. [Guardian - 15/16/16]
NGO calls for Indonesian government to help Tamil asylum seekers stranded in Aceh [Jakarta Post - 15/6/16]
Medical personnel who aided in the CIA’s first simulated drowning found that the detainee who endured it was probably willing to cooperate before his torture.
They even mocked agency defenses of waterboarding as “creative but circular”, according to an extraordinary declassified document. ... [Guardian - 15/6/16]
Guantánamo prisoner faces Review Board after nine years without a lawyer [REPRIEVE - 14/6/16]
@wikileaks [15/6/16]: ... Swedish police have launched a criminal investigation into prosecutor Marrianne Ny over her handling of the Assange case. More soon.
Teenager charged with thought crime [Nine MSN - 15/6/16]:
The father of a Sydney teenager charged with preparing for a terrorist act has expressed his frustration at the accusations.
The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested at his home at The Oaks, south-west of Sydney, last night and charged with one count of acts in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act, after police were alerted to a number of his social media posts.
Court papers allege he created an attack map and deleted hard drives in preparation for a terrorist act. His matter was mentioned in the Parramatta Children's Court today where it was adjourned until tomorrow.
Bail was formally refused.
The boy's father said his son was not a terrorist.
"I understand the terror laws… he is no terrorist, he has got mental health issues, it was a prank that's it," he said.
He said his son had no relationship with radical Islam, and that he did have anxiety, depression, and Asperger’s syndrome. ...
Australia cancels man's visa for historic thought crime [ABC - 14/6/16]
AFP investigate after locals dob in men apparently trying to flee Australia by boat [Brisbane Times - 15/6/16]:
Federal police have launched an investigation into activity in the Torres Strait, amid reports of suspicious behaviour by two Sydney men.
Residents of remote Prince of Wales Island called the national security hotline to say the men had travelled there asking about buying a boat and how much fuel would be needed to reach Papua New Guinea, the ABC reports.
An Australian Federal Police spokesman said investigations were ongoing.
It comes after five Melbourne men were arrested near Cairns in May accused of planning to travel by boat to Indonesia and on to Syria to join Islamic State fighters.
A police officer accused of drawing his gun on a motorist in outback Queensland plans to plead not guilty.
Senior Constable Stephen Flanagan, 45, is charged with one count each of common assault and deprivation of liberty after allegedly drawing his firearm on a driver suspected of speeding near Longreach in May 2015.
The matter was mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday where a hearing was set down for August 1 and 2. [Yahoo - 15/6/16]
Claims of Lindt Cafe hostage release plan [Nine MSN - 15/6/16]:
The psychiatrist who advised police negotiators during the Sydney siege remains adamant Man Haron Monis was about to release a hostage minutes before the stand-off at the Lindt Cafe came to its deadly end.
The inquest into the December 2014 siege in Sydney's Martin Place has also heard that despite having committed an overt act of violence, Monis was not in a "killing frame of mind" during the 17-hour ordeal.
But claims from the forensic psychiatrist that Monis had agreed to a hostage release were on Wednesday called into question by counsel assisting the coroner.
The psychiatrist, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the inquest that at about 2.03am, at about the time a group of hostages escaped, he was watching and waiting for one to be released.
"It was happening," he said.
At about the same time, when Monis took two hostages with him to check the side door of the cafe, another hostage, Jarrod Morton-Hoffman, led a group out of the cafe.
Monis was killed in a hail of bullets when police stormed the Martin Place building at about 2.13am, just after he had shot dead cafe manager Tori Johnson.
At about 2.16am, hostage Katrina Dawson was discovered lying face down under tables and chairs in a corner of the cafe, and found to have a pulse.
She later died, having been struck by police bullet fragments.
The claims of a deal to release a hostage have not been heard before at the inquest.
The psychiatrist, under questioning from counsel assisting the coroner, Jason Downing, said he had recorded his recollection of events on a dictaphone the morning after the siege.
Mr Downing: "Your recollection is that there was a call, you believe, directly to Matt (the primary negotiator) where someone within the stronghold conveyed that was Monis' desire?"
Psychiatrist: "That's my recall, yes."
Mr Downing: "I'm suggesting to you that the idea that literally someone was at the door about to come out and that negotiators were on the phone to the stronghold discussing that, that didn't occur."
Psychiatrist: "Well, it doesn't accord with my recollection but if those are the facts, those are the facts. But I don't believe them to be."
The same psychiatrist said he did not believe Monis was in a killing frame of mind when he took control of the cafe.
"The difference is if one is in a frame of mind to kill people, one doesn't behave towards them by feeding them or saying to an old man `don't worry, you don't need to hold the banner up, you go and sit down over there'."
It has also been revealed that Monis' blood was spattered across chairs that were riddled with holes after police stormed the cafe.
Lawyers for the two officers from the Tactical Operations Unit, who fired 22 shots at Monis as they entered the building, have requested un-redacted copies of photographs attached to a report from a ballistics expert that show the immediate aftermath of the siege.
"The redactions were blacked out areas on chairs, for example, which apparently had blood on them and it was thought that, I think it's Mr Monis' blood probably," Tim Watts, counsel assisting the TOU member known as "Officer B", told the inquest.
The inquest continues.
A man who pleaded guilty to holding his estranged partner and her friend hostage at gunpoint inside a Mornington Peninsula cafe has been jailed for 18 months.
Colin Wade Gower, 69, had pleaded guilty to five offences — including charges of false imprisonment and threatening to kill his ex-partner — after the seven-hour siege at the Little Beach Cafe in Rye last December. ... [The Age - 14/6/16]
A body has been found at Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast.
Police believe the body, found at 2.40pm on Tuesday, was that of a Gold Coast man missing since Monday. ... [Brisbane Times - 15/6/16]
A man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly running at police with a knife at a busy Sydney shopping centre.
Two officers swooped on a busy market square at Westfield Hornsby in Sydney's north last week following reports a young man was acting erratically, armed with a large carving knife.
Jerry Sourian, 23, was visited by investigators at North Shore Hospital on Wednesday and charged with attempted murder, being armed with intent to commit a serious indictable offence and affray.
He is being treated at the hospital for multiple gunshots sustained during the incident.
He was refused bail and will appear in Hornsby Local Court next Wednesday. [Nine MSN - 15/6/16]
A police officer has been repeatedly punched in the head during a violent arrest in a small town north of Cairns.
Police say a man and a woman became aggressive while being questioned over a disturbance at Mount Molloy on Monday, with the man pushing and punching an officer and trying to steal his Taser.
The officer used capsicum spray on the pair, who were arrested with the help of an off-duty colleague who came to his aid.
The pair, aged in their 40s, have been charged with obstructing police. [Yahoo - 14/6/16]
Jamie Gao murder: Former detectives Rogerson and McNamara found guilty [Nine MSN – 15/6/16]
Anti rights raids, Warner, Deception Bay and Zillmere [Yahoo - 14/6/16]
A 14-year-old boy has been charged following investigations into a string of offences in Logan and Tamborine Mountain on the weekend.
Police say a group of people travelled to Tamborine Mountain in a stolen car, assaulted a man and stole his station wagon in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The silver 2012 Holden Commodore station wagon with Queensland registration 164SLB is yet to be located.
The man’s dog ‘Bun Bun’, the white Staffy, which ran away during the robbery, is believed to have been reunited with the man after returning to the same location. ... [MYGC - 15/6/16]
An incident at Rainbow Beach this afternoon that has left a woman in a critical condition is believed to have stemmed from a road rage attack.
Earlier reports that a woman was stabbed have now been replaced by a witness account.
'It seems like it was some sort of road rage incident," the witness reported of the Inskip Ave round-a-bout occurrence.
"She stopped the car and the man came up to the car and started stabbing the car with a knife."
The woman, 21, went into cardiac arrest, authorities reported. ... [Queensland Times - 14/6/16]
Man charged following nine-hour siege at Redcliffe home [Nine MSN – 14/6/16]:
A man is facing serious charges after a nine-hour siege involving hostages north of Brisbane.
The 48-year-old faces three charges, including seriously assaulting police and a bomb hoax, after allegedly taking two people and a dog hostage and threatening police with a home-made firearm at a Redcliffe home yesterday morning.
Police were called to a home at Klingner Road in Redcliffe around 10.40am yesterday to reports a man was holding family members hostage.
Upon arrival they were threatened by a man claiming he had a home-made gun.
An exclusion zone was set up around the house and buses diverted, with police advising members of public to "avoid the area".
Police eventually negotiated the release of an elderly man, followed by a second man and a dog, believed to be the armed man’s father and brother, respectively.
A BearCat armoured personnel carrier was then used by the Brisbane’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) to batter down a gate to the property.
The man eventually handed himself into police and is expected to face Redcliffe Magistrates Court later today.
A woman has suffered serious head injuries after being assaulted by two armed men in Logan this morning.
Police say that at around 1am, the woman was sitting in her car outside a house at Kingston when she was assaulted by two men who had arrived in a four wheel drive. ... [MYGC - 14/6/16]
Perth psychiatrist allegedly had 400 pictures of boys urinating in public toilets [WA Today - 15/6/16]
Child abuse police squads and experts discuss challenges of their work [ABC - 15/6/16]:
... The work of police in the wake of child abuse allegations has been a recurring theme at the royal commission, and while many parents have reported positive experiences with investigators, others have been critical.
The issue was raised as far back as October 2013, during a public hearing into former YMCA childcare worker Jonathan Lord, who was jailed for child sex offences.
The chair of the Royal Commission, Justice Peter McClellan, spent significant time on the issue today.
"What happened in the YMCA case is there was one who came forward, there was then enormous concern, you can understand it, amongst all of the parents," Justice McClellan said.
"Has my child been impacted by this? So they've got a heightened level of concern about their child. What do you tell the parent in that circumstance?" ...
High Court rejects Chardon appeal bid [Yahoo - 15/6/16]
Queensland company charged over Adelaide Show ride death [Brisbane Times - 15/6/16]
Police charge Grandpop [QPS Media - 15/6/16]
A Gold Coast toddler who was taken from his Gold Coast home by his grandfather yesterday afternoon has been found safe and well.
Police had issued an amber alert to seek urgent public assistance to help find a two-year-old.
The boy was found at Coolangatta just after 9:00am by a member of the public who sighted the four-wheel drive which had been the subject of a public appeal. ... [ABC - 15/6/16]
A Queensland father who was found guilty of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm on Tuesday afternoon has been sentenced to six years prison however he will be eligible for parole after 18 months.
William Neil Clarence Lynam was found guilty after his home-made batch of liquor killed three young men, including his son. He had pleaded not guilty but the jury found he accidentally poisoned the three men. ... [Yahoo - 15/6/16]
Man denies bid to kill Victorian council workers [Nine MSN - 15/6/16]
The driver of a vehicle who hit a power pole near Bowen on Wednesday morning was on the run while his passenger remained in a critical condition in Townsville Base Hospital.
Just after 11am on the Bruce Highway, 20 kilometres south of Bowen, a two-vehicle accident blocked the highway in both directions.
A caravan was on its side and a man his 60s was being treated for chest pain and cuts to his legs. ... [Brisbane Times - 15/6/16]
Three injured in serious crash at Parkwood [MYGC -15/6/16]
A woman’s recovering in the Gold Coast University Hospital after she was injured in a crash in Ashmore.
The victim who is in her mid 60’s escaped with minor injuries after the car she was driving hit a light post at the corner of Wallaroo Way and Currumburra Road.
The accident happened at 9.52pm on Tuesday night. ... [MYGC - 15/6/16]
A woman fatally hit a cyclist before fleeing the scene and trying to hide her car, a Melbourne court has been told.
Stephanie Maher, 33, was allegedly seen drifting on the Nepean Highway before her car struck cyclist Julian Paul on November 26, 2013. ... [Nine MSN - 15/6/16]
Elderly woman hurt in Rockhampton hit-and-run [Brisbane Times - 15/6/16]:
... The woman was being assessed by paramedics but it was believed she had suffered only minor injuries including an abrasion to her knee.
An elderly woman had been struck by a vehicle earlier in the day in Allenstown. ...
A teenage boy is lucky to be alive after a bizarre hit and run in Townsville.
Police say the driver of a black SUV deliberately accelerated towards the 14-year-old as he and a friend walked along a street in suburban Currajong on Monday night. ... [Yahoo - 14/6/16]
A man has impaled himself during a night out in Surfers Paradise.
The man in his 20’s was jumping into bushes at around 4:00am when he put a metal stake through his leg.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and took the victim to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition. [MYGC - 15/6/16]
Toxic foam present at Brisbane Airport [Yahoo - 15/6/16]
NSW locals question pollution funding [Nine MSN – 14/6/16]:
NSW residents affected by defence base pollutants have embraced the federal government's commitment to manage contamination but say they doubt the issue would have attracted funding if an election wasn't imminent.
The government on Friday committed $55 million from the current defence budget to cleaning and managing toxic firefighting foams, which have leached into the ground and water around defence sites around the country, including at the RAAF Williamtown base near Newcastle and the Oakey Army Aviation base in Queensland.
Port Stephens Mayor Bruce MacKenzie, whose council takes in areas contaminated by the Williamtown leak, says he's glad "something is finally happening".
"But I have no doubt if we weren't having an election on July 2 there'd probably still be no action," he told AAP on Tuesday.
"They've ignored the people for a long time."
Affected residents have launched a class action against the department, who knew of the Williamtown leak years before residents were formally notified in 2015.
Locals have been cautioned against drinking bore water and eating locally-grown produce.
The government says it will fund blood tests as well as health and counselling services as part of the funding.
Rob Roseworne, whose property in the red zone has been valued at "absolute zero" says he'll definitely be getting checked for elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds.
"We've been calling for that since September," he told AAP.
"We're now six months down the track and only being listened to because there's an election coming."
The government says $3.5 million will be used to connect Williamtown area properties to town water.
It will also fund a "epidemiological study that will look at potential patterns, causes and health effects in communities exposed to elevated levels" of the chemicals.
Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, who initiated a senate inquiry into the Williamtown contamination, says the government's funding was a "good start" and acknowledged the issue was complex.
But she doubted whether $55 million would be enough to address all the problematic defence sites and said affected residents were yet to be offered compensation.
"You're starting to feel this is very, very big and the government needs to face up to there being a problem," she said.
"People's lives are being thrown into turmoil."
Defence firemen practised extensively with firefighting foam, which was used throughout the world from the 1970s though to the mid-2000s.
Labor last week committed $20 million to a national task force and 10,000 blood tests for those in affected areas, which also include Fiskville in Victoria and Darwin and Tindal RAAF bases in the Northern Territory.
Australian researchers say rising sea levels have wiped out a rodent that lived on a tiny outcrop in the Great Barrier Reef, in what they say is the first documented extinction of a mammal species due to man-made climate change.
The rodent was known to have lived only on Bramble Cay, a minuscule atoll in the north-east Torres Strait, between Cape York Peninsula in Queensland and the southern shores of Papua New Guinea.
The long-tailed, whiskered creature, called the Bramble Cay melomys, was considered the only mammal endemic to the Great Barrier Reef. ... [Brisbane Times - 15/6/16]
Surfers Paradise Iluka tower developer to appeal against planning approval snub [ABC - 14/6/16]
Shorter Plibersek: The only way to be progressive, is to NOT be progressive. [ABC - 15/6/16]
Crooks. ---> The Queensland government will raid public service superannuation funds and hit up government-owned corporations for $10 billion to plug a post-resources-boom budget hole.
Despite advice from state actuary Wayne Cannon there is a one-in-five chance of an accrued deficit in the QSuper defined benefits scheme, Treasurer Curtis Pitt decided to take $4 billion from the $34 billion fund. ... [Australian Financial Review - 14/6/16]
Queensland "Greens" reward the ALP. I will #VOTEINFORMAL ---> ... The Queensland Greens’ members have chosen to preference the ALP ahead of the LNP in all 30 lower house seats in Queensland. ... [Media Release - 14/6/16]
Antony Green [ABC - 21/4/16]:
... In my view making such a major change to the state's electoral system unannounced and at short notice is exactly the sort of slip shod legislative behaviour that the single chamber Queensland Parliament has been criticised for so often in the past.
Even the Northern Territory parliament allowed a decent period of consultation and debate before moving to optional preferential voting earlier this year. Jarrod Bleijie as Attorney General asked for submissions before changing the Electoral Act when the Newman government had a massive majority.
It also makes Labor's recent confected outrage about Senate reform look pretty shallow. This bill has been amended and passed in less time than the committee hearing into the Senate reform bill that the Labor Party so heavily criticised, and without the production of a major committee inquiry two years before the legislation.
Now in a matter of two hours the Queensland Parliament has abandoned a method of voting that was recommended by a post-Fitzgerald inquiry body, the Electoral and Administrative Review Commission (EARC), way back in November 1990.
No call for submissions. No inquiry. No committee. No warning. Just the moving of an amendment in committee to an opposition bill. It backs every argument that no campaigners made last month against granting fixed four year terms to a parliament with no upper house. ...
... Whatever happened to
The life that we once knew?
Can we really live without each other?
Where did we lose the touch
That seemed to mean so much?
It always made me feel so...
'Free as a Bird', The Beatles 
Fremantle Herald [10/6/16]:
Stunning landscape photos of WA will be auctioned in Fremantle to raise funds for asylum seekers.
Fourteen renowned WA photographers, including Katie West, donated 30 giant prints to the auction, which is the brainchild of photographer Gwen Velge.
The Belgian-born student, who’s doing a PhD in photography at Murdoch University and living in White Gum Valley, crowdfunded nearly $6000 to run the event.
“When I was at the Blazing Swan festival in Kulin, I met some Tamil and Hazara refugees who were making food at one of the stalls,” he says.
“I got to know them and thought I should try and do something to help people like that out.”
Velge, who specialises in aerial photographs of WA’s north, regularly takes his fold-up powered paraglider to the Pilbara.
He spends hours soaring over the vast landscapes, taking snaps hundreds of metres above the ground in his precarious flying machine. ...
Refugee Rights Action Network WA [14/6/16]: Spotted: Market Street, Fremantle ...
@elahe_zivardar [14/6/16]: Day 87 of peaceful protests on Nauru.
"... AUSTRALIA. Close Manus Not Your Heart. Help us. ..." @Mums4Refugees [14/6/16]: Day 33 protest by the men on Manus. ...
Beyond official restrictions, it is possible to write about Australia's concentration camps and convey the humanity within.
Journalists are self censoring.
Went to a art gallery today, Life in Limbo. The sad reality of refugees in detention in Australia.
Image: @itssosunnyhere [16/6/12]
Behrouz Boochani via @KateSusabu [15/6/16]:
From Manus prison to Australian voters:
The Labor party says that if they get power in the next election that they will immediately allow journalists to visit their Guantanamo prisons. The Liberal party countered saying that they don't have to allow journalists to visit the prisons. This absurdity, this ridiculous game is the Australian political space running up to the election on July 2nd.
The Labor party exiled people to offshore prisons.
The Liberal party continued to hold these people hostage and torture children, women and men in these same prisons. In opposition, the Labor party has remained calm and supportive of these tortures and killings people in these prisons. The Labor party has not supported the refugees and has chosen not to hear the voices of the refugees over the past 3 years.
The Labor party supported Morrison and Dutton as they continued to grow their power base and their ability to torture people with impunity. Labor even supported the Bill that gave the Immigration Minister unheard of powers in Australia. This barbarous policy of deterrence has been supported and enacted by both the Labor and Liberal parties and it is important to remember that the Labor party cannot exonerate itself in regards to the cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, the torturous and murderous treatment, that so many of us who have sought asylum continue to experience as international law is flouted.
Why is it that people, journalists, human rights defenders in Australia do not continue to ask the Australian state why they will not allow independent journalists into their Guantanamos?
It seems from here that many Australian people are accepting of the pale excuses the government gives or, aware of the reality that the government does not want the true depth of torture in these prisons to be known, stop asking, stop demanding that the Australian government answer to its people.
Why is it that the Australian polity do not take up their rights and responsibilities that are supposedly inherent in a democracy? So much news, documents, writings and interviews have been sent outside of this prison to Australia and even some refugees lost their lives in these Guantanamos.
How is it that many Australians can say they are not aware? How much more do we need to report? How many more people have to die, lose their sanity and health in order for Australian citizens to listen and act?
When all responsibility is placed onto the Australian government, the citizens of Australia become limpets, refusing to take responsibility for the treatment of fellow humans. We cannot say that it is only the Australian government responsible for these policies, it is also the responsibility of the Australian polity.
I want to speak about my experiences inside this prison as a journalist who is trying to work at the best of his ability. I have experienced systematic censoring of my work over the past 3 years. Most of my articles are published in independent media, with a notable few exceptions. I believe that when Labor speaks of granting journalists access to these prisons that this is a cruel joke, a dirty political game. Over the past 3 years, Labor could have supported and forced access for journalists to these prisons, they could also have listened to the works of writers, journalists, artists and human rights defenders and amplified our voices, made our voices and reports part of the mainstream. They chose not to.
I believe that the independents and the Greens should raise these questions and highlight the very obvious propaganda that the Labor and Liberal parties are spreading. It is clear that these two parties are playing with Australia's international interests. It is clear that these two parties are invested in the torturing of children, women and men.
To the Austrailan people, think deeply, use your own thoughts and ability to question. Watch and examine how the Australian political parties will use advertisements and propaganda to try to make your minds up for you, to stop you thinking independently.
We in these prisons, are being used for political aims, women, children and men are used in this power play.
You too are used in a power play.
Hold your government and all the political parties to account.
You have a voice. Use it.
Legal settlement may set precedent for detained immigrants seeking lawyers [Guardian – 14/6/16]:
... IP, one of the lead plaintiffs who requested he not be identified, spoke to the Guardian on Monday and claimed he saw many men at the Rio Cosumnes facility who might have qualified for prosecutorial discretion instead opting to depart the US, as they could not contact an attorney to represent them.
“It was nearly impossible to contact an attorney,” he said, adding that listed phone numbers to pro bono attorneys displayed in the jail never connected.
“When people thought they had no access, they
would get really frustrated. I saw it happen hundreds of times, people just
giving up. There was one man, who had two children and a pregnant wife in the
US. They needed money as she wasn’t working. So he ended up signing a
deportation order so he could be removed and try to send money back to her.” ...
Undocumented victims of Orlando shooting face unique challenges and fears [Fusion – 15/6/16]
Activist: Latinx LGBTQ community and its stories of survival should be at centre of Orlando response [Democracy Now - 14/6/16]:
… AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about what the media narrative is missing? You know, vigils are held all over the country—in New York, flowers, people gathering at Stonewall, the place where decades ago—really was the birthplace of the modern-day gay rights movement, when patrons of this bar, another sanctuary for gay, Latino, trans people, was raided by police. And those that led that raid at Stonewall were trans women, who took off their stiletto high heels, and they hammered on the heads and the bodies of the police that were raiding this bar, that were tormenting them. Can you talk about what we don’t hear and watch in the media now as this story around Orlando unfolds?
ISA NOYOLA: I think the stories of the individuals that were murdered and killed are starting to emerge. I think that the stories of survival and the stories of how our community is surviving on a daily basis is not being talked about, the ways in which our Latino immigrant communities are having to survive to exist, to really think about—you know, use creativity to really think about supporting each other, right?
And we—often, we see our communities, really in ingenious ways, sort of supporting each other and providing space in moments of crisis, providing spaces in homes, providing spaces like in clubs, and offering services, because the fact of the matter is we don’t, as a broader LGBT mainstream movement.
I think that the buzzword of diversity and sort of inclusion is always used, but so often it’s not met with real intentional efforts. And the fact of the matter is that our community is not adequately and intentionally looked at, and is often tokenized. And in these moments, our stories are used.
Our stories are, you know, talked about in ways of just othering. And I think that it is a moment for the broader LGBT movement and for society to really think about how our Latinx, Latina, Latino communities have been surviving.
And the fact of the matter is that through state violence, through detention centers, through the immigration process, through the journey of arriving to this country, that my community is suffering at every turn. ...
Protesters gather outside Harris County Jail to demand Sheriff stop facilitating deportations [Houston Press - 13/6/16]
“There comes an hour when protest no longer suffices; after philosophy there must be action; the strong hand finishes what the idea has sketched.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Aboriginal suicide prevention group calls for dedicated crisis hotline [ABC - 15/6/16]:
… LINDA SIMPSON: I came from Brewarrina, and I had two losses, two girls very close to me. It affected not just myself but the whole family and how we dealt with it. It broke everyone up and it torn everyone apart.
I left Bre and left everything behind and started a new life but still passionate about where I want to go in the future and still passionate about suicide with the losses that I've had with the girls.
KATHLEEN FERGUSON: The Dubbo based group works with New South Wales Health, police, and community members to raise awareness about Indigenous people taking their own lives in the state's west.
The team's Chairman, Trevor Forest, is concerned the issue hasn't been raised enough in this year's federal election.
TREVOR FOREST: Well, we haven't heard nothing about it, you know, there has been nothing in this federal election even from Liberal governments, Labor governments, even the independents. Nobody is talking about suicide and it's a big impact on communities, all communities, not just out west, even in the cities.
KATHLEEN FERGUSON: Trevor says losing people to suicide in the state's smaller western communities has damaging flow on effects.
TREVOR FOREST: Being a smaller community like Walgett, Bourke and Bre, it's a real big impact out there because they're so, they're only a small community.
And with Aboriginal people like just like one big family like, you know. Once somebody has suicided it's just like taking your family member away, not just somebody's family but the whole community. ...
A former Palm Island couple awarded $235,000 in total compensation for assault, battery and false imprisonment after the community's notorious riots has been awarded almost $100,000 in additional costs.
The Court of Appeal last year awarded David Bulsey $165,000 and his former partner, Yvette Lenoy, $70,000 in damages for trauma suffered during and after a November 2004 dawn raid by police.
In a decision handed down on Tuesday, the court ordered the pair be paid a further $99,896, in pre-judgment interest. Mr Bulsey was awarded $69,493, while Ms Lenoy received $30,403.
The court also ordered the Queensland government cover 80 per cent of their trial costs, with Justice Duncan McMeekin observing there was "no good reason" why costs shouldn't be awarded on the indemnity basis.
In overturning a February 2015 Supreme Court ruling against the pair's claim, Justice Roslyn Atkinson said the treatment breached the couple's "most fundamental human right, the right to personal liberty".
"(They) were not treated as one might expect in a civilised society governed by the rule of law," Justice Atkinson wrote.
Justice McMeekin said a deliberate decision had been made to treat the couple as dangerous criminals with "no regard whatever" for their dignity and rights.
According to Justice Hugh Fraser, Mr Bulsey had been seriously wronged, while Ms Lenoy had been made "a frightened and shocked prisoner in her own home".
Mr Bulsey had been on a list of men to be arrested following violent rioting on the north Queensland island a week after the death in custody of resident Mulrunji Doomadgee.
All charges were later dropped, and Mr Bulsey and Ms Lenoy initiated their legal claim. [Yahoo - 14/6/16]
Palestinians in Gaza march for national unity on 9th year of Israel's seige [Maan - 14/6/16]
Israel absolves colonel who shelled clinic to “honor” soldier [Electronic Intifada - 15/6/16]
Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayid declared an open hunger strike Tuesday in protest of being placed under administrative detention -- internment without charge or trial -- for six months following the completion of his 14-year sentence in Israeli prisons, according to the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs. ... [Maan - 14/6/16]
Israel renews detention without charge of Palestinian circus performer for further six months [PNN - 14/6/16]
Israel's national water company has cut crucial water supplies to large areas of the occupied-West Bank, leaving tens of thousands of Palestinians without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. ... [Al Jazeera - 14/6/16]
A heavy clash is underway between the Afghan and Pakistani forces in Torkham as the deadlock over the establishment of a gate by Pakistani forces has entered into the third day. ... [Khaama - 14/6/16]
Dozens of families flee Torkham [Pajhwok - 14/6/16]
Military Operation launched in Kunduz [TOLO News - 14/6/16]
A Frenchman who pledged allegiance to Islamic State stabbed a police commander to death outside his home and killed his partner, who also worked for the police, in an attack the government denounced as "an abject act of terrorism".
Larossi Abballa, 25, also took the couple's three-year-old son hostage in Monday night's attack.
The boy was found unharmed but in a state of shock after police commandos stormed the house and killed the attacker. ... [Reuters - 14/6/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 14/6/16]
In a 85-13 vote today, the US Senate passed its $602 billion military spending bill, setting the stage for what will likely be an intense committee battle to reconcile it with the already passed House version. Unlike the House version, which removed the proposal, the Senate’s version included a provision requiring women to register for the military draft. ... [Antiwar - 14/6/16]
US Defense Secretary thanks French, British "counterparts" for participating in the war on Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 14/6/16]
A United States Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet refuels from a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport. ... [US Embassy, Baghdad - 11/6/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - US consulate in Iraqi Spring Media Center [14/6/16]: US consulate in Basra has asserted supporting of USA to Hashd Militias which claim that they are against US referring that Hashd Militias fight in the name of USA to achieve its goals.....
Syrian journalist in Turkey survives second assassination attempt [Committee to Protect Journalists - 13/6/16]
In Part I of this episode of teleSUR's Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews Holocaust survivor Lola Mozes as she recounts her harrowing experience living in Nazi-occupied Poland ... [VIDEO - TRNN - 9/6/16]
The Best Hotel In Europe.
@worldwide_tribe [14/6/16]: #Papers was brimming with powerful artwork, photography & sculpture highlighting the creativity of #refugeecrisis
@worldwide_tribe [14/6/16]: From the #CalaisJungle to #Papers festival, Alpha's house has become an iconic structure in the #refugeecrisis
More here ----> Celebrating art and aulture in Calais [VIDEO - RT - 9/6/16]
Post Dismal: Artist who inspired Banksy's Dismaland reimagines Calais refugee camp [Creative Boom - 13/6/16]
Police in Greece have expanded an operation to clear makeshift camps set up by migrants and refugees along the country's border with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
Authorities said 630 more people were escorted by police out of two others sites Tuesday - a day after more than 1,000 people were ordered out of camp next to a border crossing point. ... [Ekathimerini - 14/6/16]
15 June 2016